October 2015 Admissions & Updates

Our last ducklings of the year were released last week- three tufted ducks back to the National Trust site where they were found.

"A huge big thank you to Hart Wildlife Rescue for returning our three tufted ducks back to us. They kindly took in 3 very young ducklings and supported them through their early days without their mum and were able to return them to us for release back to where they were originally found.

The Tufted duck is an amber listed species, this relates to categories of conservation importance, Amber is the next most critical on the list to Red, followed by green (traffic light system)

The tufted duck is a medium sized diving duck, smaller than a mallard. A mature male duck is black on the head, neck, breast and white on the sides. It has a small crest and a yellow eye. The female are a uniform dark brown, the juvenile ducks are displaying a duller brown the adult female and the same is true of the juvenile males have an eclipsed (shading on the white) wing.

Here's a video of one of our most popular animals currently at our hospital during his feeding time. He has no manners- eating with his mouth open and snatching the food! This amazing guy is a Serotine bat, one of our largest bats in England!

He came in after being found clinging onto the house of one of our volunteers during the day, and had a small injury to his wing. After being here for a couple of weeks, he flew for the first time today (19 October 2015) so he should be back to the wild soon!


Now is the time of year that many of us will be having a bonfire, however it is also the time that many animals are looking for a nice pile of debris to make a nest in for winter. This lucky hedgehog had a close escape, suffering just some burnt spines at the top of his back, and then wandered into one of our volunteers' garden (again- finding the right place for help!). She was there gardening and knew something was wrong as he was active in the daytime. He stayed with us for just over a week to receive worming treatment and is now back out there, hopefully finding a safer place to sleep!

Please share his story to remind others and help more hedgehogs